PSG routs Toulouse to take 3-point lead in France

Updated: February 1, 2013, 7:36 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 20th league goal in as many games, helping Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-0 win at Toulouse on Friday night that opened a three-point lead over Lyon in the French league.

A day after signing David Beckham to a five-month contract, PSG went ahead on a third-minute goal by Javier Pastore and opened a 2-0 on Ibrahimovic's header in the 34th minute.

Toulouse left back Cheik M'Bengue was ejected in the 39th for his second yellow card. Mamadou Sakho added a goal in the 70th and Gregory van der Wiel capped the scoring in the 72nd.

PSG (14-3-6) has 48 points. Lyon (13-3-6) is at Ajaccio on Sunday.


ROME -- Roma's winless streak in Serie A reached five games with a 4-2 home loss to Cagliari.

After fans whistled Roma during warmups at Stadio Olimpico, Radja Nainggolan put Cagliari ahead in the third minute. Francesco Totti tied the score with a free kick in the 35th, but Roma goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea had an own goal in the 47th, Marco Sau added a header for Cagliari in the 53rd and Francesco Pisano increased the lead to 4-1 in the 71st.

Marquinhos scored in injury time for Roma, on an 0-2-3 slide that left the team in eighth place, 15 points behind first-place Juventus.


BERLIN -- Nils Petersen in the 85th and 88th minutes, giving Werder Bremen a 2-0 win over Hannover in the Bundesliga.

American defender Steve Cherundolo, bothered by a knee injury, has not played for Hannover since Dec. 19 and appears doubtful to make the roster for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Honduras.

Before the match, about 300 Hannover fans disembarked from their train at Achim and set off fireworks and flares. The dpa news agency reported some fans clashed with police and several people tried stopping the next train to Bremen. The Achim train station remained closed for security reasons.


VALLADOLID, Spain -- Forward Markel Susaeta scored one goal and set up another to lead Athletic Bilbao's comeback for a 2-2 tie at Valladolid in the Spanish league.

Goals by Javi Guerra in the eighth minute and Alberto Bueno in the 15th built a 2-0 lead. Oscar de Marcos scored when he redirected Susaeta's cross off the upright and in in the 22nd, and Susaeta tapped in a corner kick in the 50th.

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